The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to present the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award Nominees for Best Poetry Collection.
The nominees are:
Burials, Jessica Drake-Thomas
A Collection of Dreamscapes, Christina Sng
A Complex Accident of Life, Jessica McHugh
Cradleland of Parasites, Sara Tantlinger
Into the Forest and All the Way Through, Cynthia Pelayo
Burials by Jessica Drake-Thomas
What is buried can return. Those who are dead can still speak. A witch can be burned, but not silenced. When the abattoir is opened, the dead will rise. Burials is the narrative of those whose voices have been taken away-murdered women, witches, ghosts. It’s about speaking one’s truth, and using magic to heal or to banish, even from beyond the grave.
To learn more about Jessica Drake-Thomas, visit Jessica Drake-Thomas’s profile in the LOHF Directory.
A Collection of Dreamscapes by Christina Sng
A Collection of Dreamscapes by Christina Sng is an exploration of the darkness inside us, the shadow-self that screams and begs, forever fighting to claw itself out. It’s a siren song of transformation, an uncovered diary that bleeds fairy tales and dystopias, and it reads like a grimoire full of spells and curses that bring monsters and madmen to life.
Between these pages, readers will meet women who hide behind the taste of poisoned apples, who set themselves on fire, who weep at riverbanks, the taste of freedom too much to swallow, too heavy to bear. They will be whisked away to faraway lands and unimaginable worlds, the drip of fog-soaked dreams a steady flow down their throats while they choke on betrayal and bathe in the waters of tears twice cried.
Sng’s poems are a blend of dark fantasy and science fiction, a changeling’s whisper and an ogre’s cry. They are both subtle and violent, and they weave themes of empowerment and strength through stars and earthquakes, forcing us to push away the rubble and look at what we’ve had to do to survive. They are the sacrifice in the forest and the haunting in the house, every gasp and ancient fear a reflection of the violence we’ve had to bury deep inside ourselves, all those battle cries and reimagined dreams we desperately try to forget. Here, Sng marries blood and magic, forever walking hand-in-hand with scar and ash, their imprints both a nightmare and a blessing, a dream and the truth.
Swallow them carefully. Once they’re inside you, there’s no getting them out.
To learn more about Christina Sng, visit Christina Sng’s profile in the LOHF Directory.
A Complex Accident of Life by Jessica McHugh
“I am a vessel of dauntless courage and severe evil. My joy will endeavor, my rage possess.”
Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jessica McHugh’s debut poetry collection, A Complex Accident of Life, combines visual art and text to create 52 pieces of Gothic blackout poetry exploring the intense passion, enigmatic nature, and transformative pleasure of life, viewed through the kaleidoscopic lens of a female horror artist.
To learn more about Jessica McHugh, visit Jessica McHugh’s profile in the LOHF Directory.
Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger
Bram Stoker Award–winner Sara Tantlinger delivers her CRADLELAND OF PARASITES, a harrowing and darkly gorgeous collection of poetry chronicling the death and devastation of one of history’s greatest horrors: The Black Plague.
To learn more about Sara Tantlinger, visit Sara Tantlinger’s profile in the LOHF Directory.
Into the Forest and All the Way Through by Cynthia Pelayo
Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection.
Into the Forest and all the Way Through is a collection of true crime poetry that explores the cases of over one hundred missing and murdered women in the United States.
To learn more about Cynthia Pelayo, visit Cynthia Pelayo’s profile in the LOHF Directory.
The Ladies of Horror Fiction Award winners will be announced later this month!